Spotify - anyone heard of it?

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"80s funk house disco" radio suggests Jive Bunny and the Mastermixers!

ailsa, Wednesday, 3 December 2008 23:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

> Four MB albums, Deano

thanks. we don't have any, amazon.co.uk mp3 store has scratch n stitch and a couple of tracks from compilations, emusic had a lot... all these people seem to be getting their info from the same places though, they all make the same mistakes (search for broadcast on amazon - details are about duophonic / warp broadcast but the listed albums aren't)

koogs, Thursday, 4 December 2008 09:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

One detail I like: when it gets to the end of what I've queued up, it just continues with the current album without me needing to ask it to. (I suppose I can see how someone might not like this, though.)

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 19:48 (7 years ago) Permalink

Finally got round to sorting scrobbling for this (there's a windows messenger box ticked by default in the last.fm client that somehow stops Scrobblify from working). So far I'm really liking Spotify - handy for hearng stuff you randomly think on that you haven't got in your library or for legal trying before you buy. The adverts don't annoy me in the slightest.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 22:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

fails Boredoms test :(

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

anyone got a spotfiy INVITE?

jordan s (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

If not, try the "oooh ask me please!" option on the website ("Get started" -> email in "Not invited?" field). Took about five days for me, was surprised to get it at all actually.

anatol_merklich, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

jordan, webmail me an email address to send an invite to.

slag move (onimo), Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

didn't get asked for an invite here, just got straight in

stet, Thursday, 4 December 2008 23:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

This is amazing! You type in what you want to listen to, and then you are listening to it. all this needs is to work on an iphone, and then i'll buy an iphone, and then i will have achieved bliss.

Slumpman, Sunday, 7 December 2008 12:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

Mine appears to have made it through an album without giving me any adverts. Maybe they've bumped me up to a pro account without realising it.

Matt DC, Sunday, 14 December 2008 14:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

you can now scrobble to last.fm from within spotify (it's in 'preferences')

braveclub, Sunday, 21 December 2008 12:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

That's handy, saves me running that scrobblify thing at the same time.

Spotify lists 'The Prodigy' as 'Prodigy' and makes last.fm think this guy sings Smack My Bitch Up and Out of Space

dj onimotian (onimo), Sunday, 21 December 2008 13:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

can someone please send me an invite?

thanks!!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

Er....

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:37 (7 years ago) Permalink

Think there's still a waiting list though.

<3 this service btw.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 14:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

Got in straight away with the link I posted.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

Aha they've obviously opened it up!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

Downside is loads more ads (I've heard two during the same album), but you can hear them coming after a while and tune out. Still great.

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 15:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

kaiser, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:55 (7 years ago) Permalink

If i hear gareth jones from cardiff reciting pi again i'll scream

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

(advert)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 19:57 (7 years ago) Permalink

And I'm not buying that White Lies record either.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

At least it doesn't scrobble the adverts

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:19 (7 years ago) Permalink

jonathan from spotify sounds remarkably like Michael Vaughan

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

wtf 2 adverts in a row (the 2nd was for that White Lies album)

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

See what I mean about them? The Killers meet Editors big wowz!

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 20:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

can i get a spotify invite

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

thanks Chewshabadoo but I need an invitation code.

Please!

― kaiser, Tuesday, January 20, 2009 7:55 PM (3 hours ago) Bookmark

can i get a spotify invite

― dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Tuesday, January 20, 2009 11:03 PM (19 minutes ago) Bookmark

Have any of you actually tried the link posted? Quite a few of my friends in the UK have used the link and joined today. Maybe it doesn't work in other countries...

\o.0/

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'm in the US and that link asks for one of two things:

1)an invite code

or

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I wonder what their excuse is. Don't they want more people to hear their stupid ads?

I am a vampire, therefore I take garlic pills (Bimble), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

is it UK only?

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

mr bimble check your email

Pfunkboy Formerly Known As... (Herman G. Neuname), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:30 (7 years ago) Permalink

It's odd and a fucking pain how Spotify often doesn't specify that tracks are remixes in any way.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 20 January 2009 23:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

i'm in the US and unless something changed in the last few days, we can't use spotify and all the workarounds have been blocked

miss precious perfect (musically), Wednesday, 21 January 2009 00:22 (7 years ago) Permalink

2)your email address so they can notify you when it goes "public"

I selected this a couple of weeks ago, and got an invite from them within the same day. May not be the case now, of course.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 23 January 2009 06:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

https://www.spotify.com/en/get-started/ gets you straight in without an invite.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 07:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

I went in on that link above, no trouble at all. I'm in the UK tho - maybe there's a problem with the US, I dunno.

It's awesome, btw. Nearest thing to the "universal jukebox" I've seen for a long time.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 08:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

I think it's staggering. At least 95% of my track/artist searches to date have returned results. And I like the concept of shared playlists.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

Spotify Premium is available in Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the UK. The Free version is only available in Sweden, Norway, Finland, the UK, France and Spain.

It amuses me to see the adverts briefly appear in last.fm (and permanently in your Spotify history).

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

This is impressive. There's a lot more weird, small stuff on than I thought there would be, thopugh also mystifying gaps too.

Someone should set up a shared ILX playlist for Jan (then we can move to Feb etc to stop it getting unwieldy). I'll do it tonight if no-one else does.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:13 (7 years ago) Permalink

Excellent idea. I was thinking of doing one for the Pazz & Jop Top 50 singles, and maybe the Rocktimists poll tracks as well. But it'll have to wait until tonight.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

Gaps spotted so far: no King Crimson, very little UK Funky, no Aeroplane mix of Grace Jones "Williams Blood" (although their mix of Friendly Fires "Paris" is on there). Remixes are generally well represented, though.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

Remixes are generally well represented, though.

But not always listed as remixes, I've found. And they don't scrobble as remixes (sorry, I'll take that to the last.fm thread)

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:41 (7 years ago) Permalink

I also like the non-bloatiness: the software was running at around 14,000k on my home PC last night - so I could close iTunes for once, and benefit from the faster performance.

mike t-diva, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

I hope this thing a) goes global so the US can use it b) they make a mobile/iphone app c) ushers in a new era of music use.

I confidently predict big 4 will put a stop to it.

NotEnough, Friday, 23 January 2009 09:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

All the majors have signed up in europe, though. I suppose it's whether the US ones are far-sighted enough.

It's also notable that most of the big digital music holdout bands aren't represented- no Beatles, Metallica, AC/DC.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 09:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

Every Stones album is there though, yay!

Another thing I've noticed is that the service avoids any queueing problems, as you occasionally get on, say, last.fm.

Beloved lightbulb (Neil S), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

Last.fm is screwed unless they can come up with something as wide ranging as this.

Billy Dods, Friday, 23 January 2009 10:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

The DJ Khaled selection is spotty and Denim aren't on there either.

I do like the way that you get to see all the crummy compilation albums that bands appear on. If you pick someone like The Sweet it takes about 5 mins to scroll through them all.

Glansel & Gretel (Raw Patrick), Friday, 23 January 2009 10:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

How on earth are they going to make any money out of this model? I can only imagine that once they've got a critical mass of people using it, they're going to radically increase the amount of advertising.

Zelda Zonk, Friday, 23 January 2009 12:29 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah definitely. Glenn - is there any reason why there is no proper Dancehall section on Spotify? I've found a couple of official playlists but keeping up with new releases is difficult. Only a few select ones show up under reggae, which mostly has... reggae. There's a ton of dancehall singles dropping every day and so far I've only been able to keep up by checking 10-20 artists every day for new releases.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 01:09 (1 week ago) Permalink

Or search this page for dancehall: http://everynoise.com/spotify_new_releases.html

schwantz, Saturday, 6 February 2016 01:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

oh perfect! thanks!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 01:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

Also... Wow!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 02:13 (1 week ago) Permalink

That's what Glenn does!

schwantz, Saturday, 6 February 2016 04:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

And de does it well. Just curious... how would one define Heavy-K or other South African house (i.e. Prince Kaybee or Black Coffee) within these parameters?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 10:23 (1 week ago) Permalink

Last time I went through the South African stuff the data-coverage wasn't good enough to do much more than kwaito and south african jazz, but it looks like I could now add a separate "kwaito house" hybrid, which would have all three of those. I'll put that on my list for the next round of updates, which should be soonish.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 6 February 2016 15:52 (1 week ago) Permalink

nice

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 6 February 2016 18:08 (1 week ago) Permalink

btw - I love the notifications - it's a huge part of what sets spotify apart from its competitors right now. I feel like maybe there could be more of them, though? Not everything seems to register, is there a reason for that? Would also like to see some sort of saved search function so that you're notified once music you've searched for suddenly becomes available - tired of typing in «90s Don Dada Riddim» every single day, lol.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 07:37 (5 days ago) Permalink

i really hate the notifications but i'm an old-fashioned crank with software.

thing that's driving me nuts lately is that the player will just.... stop. like you just have to walk over and hit the next song to get it to go again. very annoying for, well, anything really, but especially when you have it on shuffle for some hands-free purpose like doing dishes or cleaning the house. i've noticed it most on the android app but i think it's happened to me on the desktop version too.

the thirteenth floorior (Doctor Casino), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 17:13 (5 days ago) Permalink

glenn: did you come up with the "abstractro" genre? because from what I see searching spotify for that genre tag, it seems to be largely based on a couple of my own playlists

example (crüt), Tuesday, 9 February 2016 17:16 (5 days ago) Permalink

I did, yes. It wasn't based on anybody's individual playlists, or on playlists per se at all, but it doesn't surprise me that there are playlists that align with it. I don't "make up" genres, I just give names to listening clusters I find in the world.

glenn mcdonald, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 19:10 (5 days ago) Permalink

Too bad 'I don't "make up" genres, I just give names to listening clusters I find in the world.' is more than 80 characters, or I would have my first new screen name.

schwantz, Tuesday, 9 February 2016 22:40 (5 days ago) Permalink

okay, i may regret this but i'm updating to the current version. let's see how it works.

ulysses, Thursday, 11 February 2016 20:58 (3 days ago) Permalink

I gave up fighting it and just go with the new versions every time now. Still some issues with it on startup and I sometimes get repeat notifications but most things seem fairly reliable recently.

Ad h (onimo), Thursday, 11 February 2016 23:55 (3 days ago) Permalink

do local files work?

Mordy, Thursday, 11 February 2016 23:57 (3 days ago) Permalink

The local file browser isn't the best and you can't select albums to play but it's okay apart from that - the search is finding local files too.

Ad h (onimo), Friday, 12 February 2016 00:13 (2 days ago) Permalink

cool i keep wanting to upgrade but nonfunctional local files really is a dealbreaker

Mordy, Friday, 12 February 2016 00:30 (2 days ago) Permalink

this (great) song
https://open.spotify.com/track/6uv4VeWDVal1agJHUYi5iK

should be indexed to this kitten
https://open.spotify.com/artist/4zHX9zUUtxUw898g1GyihC

maura, Friday, 12 February 2016 15:59 (2 days ago) Permalink

Will fix.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 12 February 2016 22:42 (2 days ago) Permalink

thanks!

maura, Friday, 12 February 2016 23:10 (2 days ago) Permalink

Also: wow.

glenn mcdonald, Friday, 12 February 2016 23:39 (2 days ago) Permalink

RIGHT?

maura, Friday, 12 February 2016 23:47 (2 days ago) Permalink

And in a kind of similar spirit, spotify:album:2LSBVvjQwteBIMik5P8OqK.

glenn mcdonald, Saturday, 13 February 2016 02:27 (Yesterday) Permalink


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